Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West by Christopher Knowlton

Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West

 A revolutionary new appraisal of the Old West and the America it made The open range cattle era lasted barely a quarter-century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades following the Civil War brought America its greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention of the assembly line, and the dawn of the conservation movement. It inspired...

Title:Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West
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ISBN:0544369963
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages

Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West Reviews

  • Lloyd Fassett
    Jun 03, 2017

    6/3/17 Found it in the WSJ Saturday Review From Open Range to Closed Frontier

  • David
    Jun 12, 2017

    The "real" story of the cowboy. Between the late 1860s and late 1880s, open range cattle breeding transformed the West. Young men looking for work as the Civil War ended drifted west and became cowboys. For awhile they were in demand as the cattle herds were growing and labor was scarce. As the cattle business grew it became more corporate. Homesteaders could not abide open range practices. Power shifted to the meat packers in Chicago and points east. A major blizzard in the late 1880s decimated

    The "real" story of the cowboy. Between the late 1860s and late 1880s, open range cattle breeding transformed the West. Young men looking for work as the Civil War ended drifted west and became cowboys. For awhile they were in demand as the cattle herds were growing and labor was scarce. As the cattle business grew it became more corporate. Homesteaders could not abide open range practices. Power shifted to the meat packers in Chicago and points east. A major blizzard in the late 1880s decimated the herds. The era of the open range cattle business was over. But the myth of the cowboy lives on: the average American somehow spliced to the Victorian-era values of the English and Scottish adventurers and investors who got the whole thing to start. The real cowboy was an entry level laborer who got eaten up by changes in the industry and the popping of the cattle bubble. What else is new?

  • PWRL
    Jun 14, 2017

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